NOW advocates for wide range of economic justice issues affecting women, from the glass ceiling to the sticky floor of poverty. These include welfare reform, livable wages, job discrimination, pay equity, housing, social security and pension reform, and much more.
TAKE ACTION — Please urge your senators and representatives to take leadership in getting minimum-wage bills out of committee and to a successful floor vote!
Urge your senator to support the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act (S. 897)! Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently introduced this bill with the goal of offering students the same low interest rates that big banks pay.
Women disproportionately work in low-wage sectors, live on minimum-wage salaries and, thanks to working a lifetime at unequal pay, are significantly more likely than men to outlive their savings.
Women represent nearly two-thirds of minimum wage workers and a woman working full time, year round at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour earns just $14,500 — nearly $4,000 below the poverty line for a family of three.
Without the votes of women, the only people ever to be elected President of the United States would be white, middle aged men.
Here’s how that all adds up: women work hard, meet their responsibilities, follow the rules — and still, too often, can’t save for things like a down payment on a house in a good school district, or their kids’ college education, let alone their own retirement.
Terry O’Neill writes for CNBC: “The outcry over AOL Chief Executive Tim Armstrong’s comment that the birth of two “distressed babies” led to his decision to change the company’s 401 (k) plan was jaw-droppingly callous. But it is only part of the real story. When the firestorm hit, this particular CEO was able to walk back his comment and reverse the decision to scale back employee benefits. But under the radar, kicking the foundation away from employee retirement security is looking more and more like the new normal.”Read more
NOW Comments on President Obama’s State of the Union Address: A Step in the Right Direction, But We Can Do More
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to take steps to reduce income inequality. NOW could not agree more. If, as the president has said, American workers feel that the deck is stacked against them, for women, the cards are marked.Read more
Practically one hundred years to the day from when the Federal Reserve was created, the central bank finally has its first woman president. It’s about time.Read more
Bryce Covert writes for Think Progress: “The stereotype of the low-income people enrolled in government programs is that they spend the money on frivolities and are unwise with their budgets. But the data proves otherwise.”Read more
Information from various sources on the necessity of Social Security and Medicare for women.
Women still are not receiving equal pay for equal work, let alone equal pay for work of equal value. This disparity not only affects women’s spending power, it penalizes their retirement security by creating gaps in Social Security and pensions.
In 2002, the National Organization for Women named Walmart a Merchant of Shame as part of its Women Friendly Workplace Campaign. Walmart’s dismal record contradicts the worker-friendly image it projects to the public. Join NOW in its campaign to demand changes in Walmart’s unfair practices.
NOW also reaffirms Walmart as a “Merchant of Shame” as part of its Women-Friendly Workplace Campaign. NOW chapters continue to lead countless community demonstrations at Walmart stores around the country to educate shoppers about Walmart’s exploitation of women.